“Display: Marketing as Art,” an exhibition at the Contemporary Art Galleries in Spring 2014, featured the works of artists Martin Basher of New Zealand, Gabriele Beveridge of London, Dike Blair of New York, Josephine Meckseper of Germany, and Mika Tajima of Los Angeles. Barry Rosenberg, curator of CAG, transformed the gallery into an open space revealing the glass windows along the street-side of the gallery, “I wanted to take advantage of the reflected image, recreating retail space,” Rosenberg says. “Each use sculpture or work of art individually, but also together. The floor is painted red. It’s all about high-end design and product.” The artists’ works offered a fresh look at Marshall McLuhan’s “the medium is the message” and illustrate, engage, and challenge the visual language of commercialism.
On April 14, 2014, Barry Rosenberg hosted a symposium with Martin Basher, Dike Blair, and Mika Tajima presenting their work and Robin Coulter, professor of marketing, sharing observations of art, commercialization, and marketing. The Marketing Department was a sponsor of the exhibition.
‘Paradise Sale,’ a work by Martin Basher of New Zealand, is a mixed media work that includes Plexiglas, aluminum, and fluorescent lights. Located outdoors, at night it reveals a painting of a sunset beach.